Ecuador’s Ministry of Public Health reported on Wednesday 1,430 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 328,755, along with 65 more deaths for a total of 11,977.
According to the ministry, the South American country has also recorded another 4,870 “probable deaths” from COVID-19, though these have yet to be confirmed.
According to the daily report, the province of Pichincha led the number of infections with an increase of 458 new cases in the last day, totaling 114,664 and 2,494 deaths.
Ecuador is facing a complex situation due to an exponential increase of cases, which has overwhelmed the hospital system, according to the government.
In the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, the largest and most affected by the pandemic, authorities adopted more restrictions in the last hours to curb infections during the three-day Easter holiday, which begins on Friday.
The restrictions are focused on mobility, the sale and consumption of alcohol and the use of public spaces to avoid crowds.
On Sunday, the National Emergency Operations Committee adopted similar restrictions that will go into effect throughout the country on Thursday.
The committee urged local governments to close beaches and maintain bars, discos and entertainment centers closed.